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The Time Machine and The Invisible Man (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A very entertaining read.

I am continued to be blown away by H.G. Wells. Everyone one of his stories brings something new to the science fiction genre and never lets down his true fans' expectations.

The time machine seemed more thought out, but I cant put my foot on which story I enjoyed mor...
I am continued to be blown away by H.G. Wells. Everyone one of his stories brings something new to the science fiction genre and never lets down his true fans' expectations.

The time machine seemed more thought out, but I cant put my foot on which story I enjoyed more.

Anyways, If you are looking for a book to keep you glued to the couch for a couple of hours, then I recommend this.

posted by BookThiefGT on September 14, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

This is a poor edition of these books

I recently bought two B&N Classics editions. The other was Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray." Both books have the same problems, but it seems worse in the Wells edition.

Both begin with an introduction that I feel should not be read first if you've n...
I recently bought two B&N Classics editions. The other was Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray." Both books have the same problems, but it seems worse in the Wells edition.

Both begin with an introduction that I feel should not be read first if you've never read these books. If B&N truly wants to include these opinions, they should be in the back of the book.

More irritating is the constant need to define words. In the first chapter of Time Machine, I believe 6 words were given a * with clarification in the footnotes.

Dorian Gray had this, too, but it was mostly to clear up antiquated local knowledge points. That is useful.

What is not useful is breaking up the reading flow to offer a definition of a normal - not even obscure - English word. For example, in Chapter 1, the term "sleight of hand" was defined in this manner. Odds are, if you're reading this book, you already know that term.

I wanted these books in my house, and the price looked great, but next time I'll buy a more pure edition. The constant notations in this edition are the literary equivalent of pop-ups on a website.

posted by Stewart_the_Wise on January 14, 2009

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  • Posted January 14, 2009

    This is a poor edition of these books

    I recently bought two B&N Classics editions. The other was Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray." Both books have the same problems, but it seems worse in the Wells edition.<BR/><BR/>Both begin with an introduction that I feel should not be read first if you've never read these books. If B&N truly wants to include these opinions, they should be in the back of the book.<BR/><BR/>More irritating is the constant need to define words. In the first chapter of Time Machine, I believe 6 words were given a * with clarification in the footnotes.<BR/><BR/>Dorian Gray had this, too, but it was mostly to clear up antiquated local knowledge points. That is useful.<BR/><BR/>What is not useful is breaking up the reading flow to offer a definition of a normal - not even obscure - English word. For example, in Chapter 1, the term "sleight of hand" was defined in this manner. Odds are, if you're reading this book, you already know that term.<BR/><BR/>I wanted these books in my house, and the price looked great, but next time I'll buy a more pure edition. The constant notations in this edition are the literary equivalent of pop-ups on a website.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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